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Keith Prowse and Oyster refund 
7th-Feb-2006 12:56 pm
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Weird. Just had a message from Keith Prowse telling me a refund for the princely sum of £1.50 is available for me to pick up to credit to my Oyster card. Just one minor issue - I haven't been anywhere near a Keith Prowse (or any other ticket agent for that matter) since last Summer. Anyone else had one of these messages?

Had a useful and long overdue conversation with Ken about wrapping up my project work so I can start full time at Union Square. About a week and half to do, but one project's pretty much done and dusted, another has maybe a couple more days and then I can bill for them both.

Interesting onboarding call with the US to discuss how it'll work with me being here and all. Main highlights - they will indeed reimburse me for a new laptop. However, as an alternative, as my current laptop probably is up to scratch, "a consideration" could be offered as an alternative. Heh. Could put that towards next main PC upgrade... Best of all, they said they'd send me the expenses template. "What about the timesheet template?" 'We don't use timesheets.' Woohoo!

Fencing last night was a bit disappointing. Due to an admin cockup, they were going to shove us into the small rooms. As it is, we only got half of Fyvie Hall because of all the desks in it. Only got a few bouts in, including a crap one with Rob. Had him at 13-9 at one point and then went on to lose 14-15. I should be shot for that. Left early because it was just too cramped in there. Hell, Kate didn't get round to fencing at all so we adjourned early to the pub...

Hmm... between all the ads I've been receiving recently from people plugging their credit cards ie BA, BMI, Amazon, Sky etc with interesting fringe benefits air miles, points towards monthly subscriptions, I think I ought to start paying more attention instead of sticking with my bog standard Barclaycard just because it's the one I've always had!
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7th-Feb-2006 02:35 pm (UTC)
Weird. Just had a message from Keith Prowse telling me a refund for the princely sum of £1.50 is available for me to pick up to credit to my Oyster card. Just one minor issue - I haven't been anywhere near a Keith Prowse (or any other ticket agent for that matter) since last Summer. Anyone else had one of these messages?

No, but Keith Prowse do handle debit/credit card online payments for Oyster, because that's who processed and mailed out my pre-pay card when I got it last year.

7th-Feb-2006 03:06 pm (UTC)
Really? How odd. Even so, I have no recollection of doing anything that would entail getting a refund. Hmm... guess I should pop down to the Tube station and grab that refund before it's too late!
7th-Feb-2006 03:52 pm (UTC)
Maybe it's something to do with the daily price capping?

You are charged the appropriate Oyster fare for each single journey you make. If you make several journeys on the same day, once the total cost of these journeys reaches a cap, any further journeys you make that day will be free, unless you travel beyond the zone(s) covered by your original cap.
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During any 24-hour period from 0430 to 0430 the following day, you will never pay more than 50p less than the equivalent Day Travelcard price for all your Oyster single journeys in Zones 1-6 or we will refund the difference. Alternatively, if you are using only the bus or tram, you’ll pay no more than £3, 50p less than the price of a One Day Bus Pass.


I've never had that, because I only tend to use my Oyster on my local bus journeys, it can't be used from my local railway station, so I still need to buy a travelcard when I come up to town.

7th-Feb-2006 04:41 pm (UTC)
Ah, now that might be the case. When I put the car in for the MOT, there was a lot of Tube travel as well as a couple of bus journeys. I guess the data from bus legs can't be reconciled at the time - no data connection from the bus and all that.
8th-Feb-2006 06:59 pm (UTC)
Yes I suppose it only gets downloaded at the end of the driver's shift.

They are apparently going to install some sort of GPRS system to the buses in the future so they can make those Countdown things at the bus stop more accurate. ( when they are working at all ) At the moment they estimate the time from the last roadside beacon the bus passed.

Have always been somewhat geeky when it comes to public transport, and I'm even worse now I don't drive ;-)
9th-Feb-2006 09:02 pm (UTC)
Heh. The thing I'm wondering is when mobile coverage gets extended into the Tube. Already happened in Hong Kong and Singapore...
12th-Feb-2006 12:47 pm (UTC)
It's a good idea and would be popular, but I think it should be financed privately, there's more important things that tfl should spend money on.
13th-Feb-2006 02:20 pm (UTC)
I did have some colleagues at my last job who were doing work for LUL on this subject. Not sure what came of it but I assume not much. I recall one of them saying the big priority for LUL was that it should not put platform and station staff under any more pressure from the public (eg irate passengers wanting to know why coverage was no longer available).
14th-Feb-2006 04:14 pm (UTC)
Ah yes, I can understand that!

The only time I felt like shouting an rail employee was on wet sunday evening coming back from a SG convention. I dragged my very tired body and heavy suitcase down and up the steps to a different platform at Stratford and then they announced the train was actually leaving from the orginal one! I asked the member of staff what was happening and he said we'll know what platform the train leaves from when it arrives! I gave up and took the bus, which took longer but at least I knew where to find it ;-)
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